Call for New Sacred Chamber Works

Deadline: Oct. 1, 11:59 pm EDT

Application Fee: $20

Composers are invited to submit sacred chamber music works – representing all faiths – for the 2020 Festival of New(er) Music presented by the Carrefour Chamber Music Project (Shreveport, LA). This event will be streamed live online on November 16, 2020, at 7 pm Central Standard Time.

In partnership with Deus Ex Musica, this concert will present chamber works representing a variety of religious traditions. In a world full of divisions, we believe that music has the unique power to reveal the commonalities and connections between practitioners of all faiths, reminding us that the impulse to explore the divine is a universal human trait.

About Deus Ex Musica

Deus Ex Musica is an international ecumenical organization that creates resources that allow church communities and individuals to experience sacred music in ways that are personally and spiritually valuable. We promote the creation, exploration, and use of sacred music through our record label, composers’ collective, performing ensemble, blog, and podcast, as well as through interactive live and online concert-discussion events. Current collaborators include the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields (UK), Harvard University, UniteBoston, and the ForeFront Festival of Faith and Art. Though focused on Christian ecumenism, Deus Ex Musica also engages in interfaith work, including this project with the Carrefour Chamber Music Project.

About the Carrefour Chamber Music Project
Founded March 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Carrefour Chamber Music Project (CCMP) seeks to build community through collaborative music-making. Taking its name from the French word for “crossroads”, CCMP is based in Shreveport, Louisiana, once a geographical crossroads where river traffic once connected to land routes and now at the intersection of two major interstates. It came into being during a historical crossroads filled with turbulence and uncertainty and focuses on chamber music, a musical crossroads that falls between solo and orchestral music. But the greatest passion of CCMP is the crossroads between performer and audience, a critical communal partnership . This passion drives the CCMP to bring compelling programs featuring local performers to an engaged audience.

Deus Ex Musica and Carrefour Chamber Music Project are committed to anti-racist work through intentional examination of the ways our participation in societal structures and individual biases perpetuate inequality. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender identity.

Information for Applicants

  • For this project, we define “sacred music” as pieces that engage with, respond to, or explore the ideas, stories, or texts of any religious tradition. While composers do not need to be practitioners of that faith, those whose works are chosen are expected to participate (virtually) in a public panel discussion/dialogue about the spiritual significance of their work.

  • Instrumentation: No more than 5 of the follow instruments: 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Piano, Flute (dbl. alto fl.), Oboe (dbl. c.a.), Horn

  • Duration: No longer than 10 minutes

  • Pieces must have been composed since 2010.

  • Pieces may have already been performed.

Application Process:

Composers should submit a pdf score of one work that satisfies the requirements listed above. Your score should include a program note that describes its connection to a particular faith tradition. A recording is not necessary.

Application Fee: 

We ask applicants to support this project by providing a $20 donation. Composers for whom this fee presents an obstacle do not need to submit a donation, no questions asked.


The winner will be chosen by a committee made up of Deus Ex Musica and Carrefour Chamber Music Project staff members.


Applications Due: Oct. 1, 2020.

Announcement of Selected Works: Oct. 15, 2020. Performing parts should be provided immediately upon selection.

Concert date: Nov. 16, 2020, 7 pm Central Standard Time.

NOTE: Selected composers are required to participate in the discussion/dialogue session(s) that will form part of this unique event.